Sheerness driver jailed for serious collision
A dangerous driver who caused serious injuries to a young passenger after colliding with a tree and fence has been jailed for three years.
Michael Chapman repeatedly drove at excess speed along the same passage of road in Sheerness before losing control in September 2018.
The 28-year-old, of Second Avenue, Sheerness, denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving but was convicted following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.
He was sentenced at the same court on Friday 9 August 2019.
The court heard the collision took place in New Road, Sheerness, shortly before midnight on 20 September.
Prior to the incident taking place, Chapman convinced a woman he was travelling with to let him drive a Vauxhall Zafira despite not having a licence or insurance.
He is then known to have repeatedly sped up and down a section of New Road before colliding with a tree near the junction with Dorset Road.
Prior to the collision taking place, it is estimated he reached speeds of up to 80mph.
Amongst the passengers was a young girl who sustained a serious leg injury that was initially feared to be life threatening.
All occupants of the car were able to get out of the vehicle, which had a problem with its fuel system, before it caught alight.
Police Constable Benjamin Price, the investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Chapman made a deliberate and reckless decision to drive the car at high speeds despite not having a licence and drinking a large amount of alcohol.
‘In taking control of the car, he accepted a duty to ensure the safety of his passengers and other road users. He flagrantly disregard this duty.
‘His senseless decision caused serious injuries to a young child and it is merely down to chance that there weren’t fatal consequences.’